This week of art exhibitions happening around the country features a crazy mix of amazing contemporary artists – the prolific Jodee Knowles heads to the Margaret River, Go Font Ur Self hits Melbourne for the latest book launch and auction of prized type based artists, and major illustration talents Alex Gillies and Murdoch are teaming up in Brisbane to show off new collections. Also happening in Brisbane is the opening of landmark exhibition “Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams” at GoMA which features some of the world’s most incredible works of modern art, direct from the famed Pompidou Centre in Paris. This week also marks the closing of Oh Really Gallery in Newtown (NSW) who are bowing out with one last bash.

Get your calendars out. It’s a wonderful week for aesthetic enthusiasts…

Who OH REALLY GALLERY FAREWELL SHOW
What Time to say goodbye to the Newtown staple Oh Really – but they’re going out with a bang. The closing party will feature a wall to wall install of mural work featuring some of Sydney’s finest street artists, as well as live music and a heap of nostalgic memories of good times passed. As Barbra Streisand once said, memories.
When Thursday 9 June 2011 from 6PM.
Where Oh Really Gallery – 55 Enmore Rd, Newtown NSW

Who WILLIAM MACKINNON
What “The Black Dog” is the latest collection show by the lauded Melbourne painter William MacKinnon. His evocative oils of outback Australia painted from the perspective of the road capture the isolation and immense beauty of the land.
When Opens Thursday 9 June 6-8PM, runs til 9 July 2011
Where Boutwell Draper Gallery – 82 George Street Redfern NSW
What’s On This Week In Art

Who TROY BARBITTA & JODEE KNOWLES
What Fantastic shows from the internationally acclaimed contemporary Sydney painter/artist Jodee Knowles and the illustration-meets-graphic works of the super talented Troy Barbitta are now hanging at the Margaret River Gallery. If you’re lucky enough to be hanging in that part of the world I recommend you make it along.
When Runs til 19 June 2011
Where Margaret River Gallery – on the main street of town at 91 Bussell Highway Margaret River, WA.
What’s On This Week In Art

Who GO FONT UR SELF book launch and auction – curated by MARTY ROUTLEDGE [Interview here]
What The traveling art exhibition dedicated to all things type and letterform spawned a new book that feels nice in your hands and looks pretty to your eyes. It’s launching with a killer show in Melbourne this week with a haul of amazing pieces getting auctioned off. Don’t be a tight arse. And get in quick because, as far as the books go, it’s a case of first in best dressed.
When One night: Thursday 9 June from 6PM
Where No Vacancy Gallery – 34 – 40 Jane Bell Lane, Melbourne VIC

Who VANS THE OMEGA
What Check out a brand new wall by self taught graffiti writing legend Vans the Omega. He moonlights as an Artist, Designer, Photographer running around pretending to know something you don’t.
When Thursday 9 June 2011 6PM – 9PM
Where Lo-Fi Collective 383 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst NSW (above Kinsella’s)
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Image via Vans the Omega Flickr

Who ALEX GILLIES & MURDOCH
What Phenomenal Brisbane illustration/print talents Alex Gillies and Murdoch have teamed up for show “When The Dead Heart Beats”, a collection of new works including some collaborative pieces years in the making.
When Opens Thursday 9 June 2011 6:00PM
Where Nine Lives Gallery – Shop 5F Winn Street, Fortitude Valley QLD
What’s On This Week In Art

Who SURREALISM: THE POETRY OF DREAMS
What Brisbane, get ready for another dazzling event from the Gallery of Modern Art’s phenomenal program. GoMA is the exclusive Australian venue for “Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams”, a landmark exhibition of surrealist works direct from the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris. Modern art enthusiasts, book your tickets to Brisbane now. This landmark exhibition features works by Giorgio De Chirico, Max Ernst; Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, André Breton, Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Victor Brauner, Joan Miró, Luis Buñuel and René Clair, Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky and more.
When Open 11 June – 2 October 2011
Where GoMA – Stanley Place, South Bank, QLD

Who DAVE TURLEY
What With “On Being Faithful” Perth artist Dave Turley continues his investigations of everyday negotiations with existence and meaning. His work is a mix of mediums – installation, sculpture, letterforms and illustration. Through scribbles, makeshift assemblages and found objects he weaves together his latest musings on living and dying.
When Opens Friday 10 June 6PM, runs til Sun Jun 19 2011
Where Free Range Gallery – 339 Wellington Street, Perth WA
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Who CHRIS BOOTH
What Chris Booth’s long awaited exhibition “Super-Pop MK3” has opened at Metro Gallery. The show encompasses seven high reliefs and nine works on paper in Booth’s distinct style. Describing his approach as ‘Lichtenstein goes to Osaka’, Booth is a self-proclaimed pop-art and anime fanatic.
When Open til 11 June 2011
Where Metro Gallery – 1214 High Street, Armadale VIC

COMING SOON…
JOEL WYNN REES Venn Gallery, Perth
GHOSTPATROL at Backwoods Gallery, Collingwood
KLIMT, SCHIELE, HOFFMANN, LOOS in VIENNA: ART & DESIGN, NGV, Melbourne
ADAM OEHLERS at No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne

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Main image by Troy Barbitta